Build a Chevron Tutorial

I’m back with my Merry Moments Scrappin’ Kit Designer Series Paper (that was a mouthful). Breathe. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I fell in love with this diagonal print. The Old Olive and Very Vanilla stripes (with touches of Cherry Cobbler and Basic Gray) are rich and lucious in this design. I ached to see it in a chevron pattern, so guess what I did. Did you guess, or did you just keep reading? Be honest. That’s right, I made a chevron: - Build a Chevron TutorialAs you can see (you have a very discerning eye!), I wasn’t perfectly lined up with my strips of DSP along the top of the card, but it’s those “mistakes” that let the recipient know it was handmade with love, right? Now, stop focusing on my error and let’s learn how to make a chevron with diagonally striped DSP.

Tutorial: Making a Chevron with Diagonally Striped DSP

You can certainly change the measurements of the strips, but I’m going to walk you through how I did it. It just makes it easier that way (can you imagine how long this post would be if I gave you ALL the options for the length and width of the strips?).

  • STEP 1:  I trimmed a couple of 1″ strips from the DSP. Let’s say, for clarity’s sake, the bottom of the DSP.
  • STEP 2:  I turned the paper on it’s side and trimmed a couple more 1″ strips. Notice how the stripes are going in a different direction?
  • STEP 3:  So, I have strips from the bottom of the DSP and from the side of the DSP. I lined up the strips, alternating between the ones I trimmed in step one and the ones I trimmed in step 2 above. Line up the strips so that you get the most coverage with the paper.
  • STEP 4: Before beginning to trim the pieces into one beautiful chevron, I wanted to make sure I could get the most out of the pieces I had. Looking at the bottom line of all five pieces, the the fourth strip is the shortest. I used that piece as my measurement for the rest.
  • STEP 5: I trimmed piece 4 to 5″, trimming away the top part of the strip.
  • STEP 6: I set piece 4 on my paper trimmer and lined it up with the trimming valley (that’s my pet name for the place where the blade will ultimately cut). I then placed piece 5 on my paper trimmer and lined up the chevron patterns with piece 4. Holding piece 5 in place on the paper trimmer, I removed piece 4 and then trimmed piece 5.
  • STEP 7: I trimmed piece 5 to 5″, trimming away the top part of the strip.
  • STEPS 8-10: I continued these steps until all five strips were trimmed and lined up – 5 one-inch wide strips at 5″ long each.
  • STEP 11:  Sit back and enjoy.

Stamp sets: Seasonal Sayings Papers: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments Simply Scrappin’ Kit DSP Inks: Cherry Cobbler Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. It’s gorgeous! This is such a handsome DSP and I love it more in Chevron! Lovin’ those layers Brian! You did good, better than good!

  2. well…you didn`t just do chevron… You did CHEVRON !!!!! Wow….. you really do great stuff Mr. King . You may have just rescheduled a lot of people`s saturdays to give this a try . You just took that cute Merry Moments kit and turned it into THE WOW FACTOR …. very good tutorial ,as always . That`s why I like to hang out over here.

  3. Beautiful card, great technique, love how the chevron pattern “matches up” with the sentiment image.

  4. Love it! And there is no such thing as an error in a handmade card! It is beautiful and reminded me to use this beautiful technique. Also will have to dance with my stamp-a-ma-jig again. It’s been a while.

  5. Love this card Brian! And your tutorial on how to do it is great! You are the creative “king”…. 🙂 Another one of your posts going into my “great cards to make” email folder. Have a super weekend!

  6. Amazing post as always!

  7. Suzanne Patt Cullen

    Very cool, Brian! You do such an impressive job on your tutorials. TSMFS! Suzie

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  9. Ba-Blam! Brilliant!

  10. I’ve been a silent reader of your blog for a while now and I had to leave you a first comment today and say how much I LOVE this technique! I’ve just made 2 cards using it because I had to try it as soon as I read your post! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to get back into my craftroom. 🙂

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